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Florida adds 3,220 coronavirus cases, 155 deaths Wednesday

The weekly death average for the state continued to decline.
Florida added 3,220 cases and 155 deaths on Wednesday.
Florida added 3,220 cases and 155 deaths on Wednesday. [ Times ]
Published Aug. 26, 2020|Updated Aug. 26, 2020

Florida added 3,220 coronavirus cases Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections to 608,722 since the pandemic began, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Another 155 deaths from the virus were announced, bringing the weekly death average down to 115 people per day. That average hit its peak in early August with about 185 people per day announced dead.

Across Florida, 10,872 people have died from the virus. Cases that led to a hospitalization increased by 370 admissions Wednesday.

The Tampa Bay area added 528 cases and 19 deaths.

Positivity rate: The average weekly positivity rate is about 14 percent, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Florida Department of Health calculates the weekly positivity rate, or the percentage of positive results of all tests processed, at 6 percent. The health department counts negative retests but not positive retests, which puts more emphasis on negative results.

When positivity is too high, it can indicate there isn’t widespread enough testing to capture mild and asymptomatic cases. The World Health Organization recommends a positivity rate of 5 percent or below, while other groups, like the Harvard Global Health Institute, recommend a rate of 3 percent.

In Tampa Bay, Pinellas has the lowest weekly positivity at about 3 percent. Manatee and Pasco both have positivity rates of about 4 percent, Hillsborough has about 6 percent, and Polk and Hernando have about 7 percent positivity, according to the Department of Health.

Hospitalizations: Statewide, about 4,500 people were in the hospital with a primary diagnosis of coronavirus on Wednesday, according to the Agency for Health Care Administration. About 700 of those were in Tampa Bay.

That number has been declining since mid-July, when more than double the amount of people were in the hospital than are admitted now.

About 24 percent of hospital beds and 20 percent of intensive care unit beds were open across Florida, and in Tampa Bay about 23 percent of hospital beds and 15 percent of ICU beds were available.

Local numbers: The Tampa Bay area added 528 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths Wednesday.

Five of the deaths were in Pinellas County, which has the highest death rate out of any county in the region. Four deaths were in Polk County, three each were in Hillsborough and Citrus, and two were in both Hernando and Manatee counties.

As of the latest counts, Hillsborough had 36,157 cases and 542 deaths; Pinellas has 19,605 cases and 637 deaths; Polk has 16,478 cases and 425 deaths; Manatee has 10,278 cases and 254 deaths; Pasco has 7,868 cases and 172 deaths; Hernando has 2,493 cases and 80 deaths; and Citrus has 1,996 cases and 53 deaths.

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